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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Restaurant Tomatoes

CDC investigation found cases peaked in September

MONDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Investigators from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and affected states found that the recent outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium that sickened 183 people in 21 states was caused by consumption of tomatoes in restaurants, according to a statement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The cases peaked in September and the outbreak is not ongoing, with contaminated produce no longer in circulation, the statement explains. However, a trace-back of the tomatoes has been initiated by the FDA, with a focus on Minnesota, Massachusetts and Connecticut, where there were clusters of illnesses.

Salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain in healthy people, but can be more serious in children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. The FDA has issued recommendations on food hygiene in order to reduce the risk of food-borne illness, including tips on buying, storing and preparing fresh produce.

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